x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

UAE seeks consulate in northern Iraq

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, reveals plan after return from diplomatic mission.

The UAE might open a consulate general in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.

The plan emerged yesterday as Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, returned from a trip to Iraq.

His two-day tour included a visit to Baghdad, where he held talks with the Iraqi president Jalal Talabani and the prime minister Nouri al Maliki. Sheikh Abdullah also visited the capital of the autonomous northern Kurdish region, Erbil, where he met the region’s president, Massoud Barzani, and the prime minister Barham Salih.

The WAM state news agency reported yesterday that Sheikh Abdullah had discussed with Mr Salih the possibility of opening a UAE consulate general in the region.

The prospects of co-operation in education, scientific research, agriculture and investment, and an increase of two-way flights, were also discussed during the meeting, WAM reported.

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